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XingHai Square in Dalian by Mike Downey

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Mike Downey Mike Downey
Explore score
5.48 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 05, 2010
Date taken
Jul 02, 2010

Located in Xinghai Business District of Dalian, Xinghai Square with the total area of 45,000 square meters is the biggest municipal square in Asia.
It is almost three times larger than Tiananmen Square.

Built in 1994 the square is full of symbolic meanings. Its name literally means “the Sea of Stars”, and so the square centre looks like a star with two White Marble Cloud Pillars,and
999 red marble bricks paved on the ground, surrounded by nine big ancient Chinese vessels. Between the vessels are five huge lanterns in the shape of the navigation light.

The inner circle is199,9 m in diameter to represent Dalian’s 100th anniversary in 1999 this event is also commemorated in centennial sculpture which looks like the open book of history with the pages to be written by citizens of Dalian.

The general idea of the square represents the “New Spirit of Dalian . The square was built to honor Hong Kong’s return to China in the year 1997, and in the middle features the tall white marble column 19.97 meters high as the year of th return.
8 carved dragons at the base of the column imply that Chinese are descendants of the dragon.

The square hosts numerous events and parades, including the International Fashion Festival, the International Beer Festival and the Spring Festival Firework and Firecracker show.

Gigapan Comments (1)

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  1. Alfred  Zhao

    Alfred Zhao (December 20, 2010, 02:16PM )

    I really like this one. I did a few shots in Shanghai, Guilin and Suzhou. www.gigapan.org/gigapans/66626/ In Dalian, where will you recommend for a super large shot?

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